One with Texas Nature

Within every man burns two competing forces — The person and the pursuer. The person holds onto the ordinary, the conventional, the comfort of their childhood. The pursuer is captivated by the grandeur of what’s out there. They are unafraid, powerful, and instinctual. This is the person chosen, not that which was born.

There’s something special that happens when your inner pursuer is cultivated, and that’s why at Man & Myth, we’re all about provoking pursuit. But how, you ask? Get outdoors. Become one with nature. Stray from the things that lack elements of nature (hence parabens). And follow the things that not only provoke pursuit but also provoke happiness. 

One of our favorite things to do to provoke pursuit is to travel to the many parks here in Texas. We’re lucky that Texas’ diverse geography is filled with such hidden gems ranging from natural springs, canyons, and so much more.

Here are a few of our favorite Texas parks: 

 

Palo Duro Canyon State ParkPhoto Credit: The American Southwest

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Located in the Panhandle, come enjoy what locals call the Grand Canyon of Texas. The adventures never seem to end, with many options for exploring – Ranging from hiking, biking, or horseback riding. End the evening by relaxing with some live outdoor music.

 

Colorado Bend State ParkPhoto Credit: Trek Texas

Colorado Bend State Park

Bring out your inner explorer at Colorado Bend State Park. Maneuver your way through sinkholes, caves, and natural springs. Make sure to check out Gorman Falls, the 70-foot waterfall that will be sure to take your breath away. 

 

Monahans Sandhills State ParkPhoto Credit: Texas Highways

Monahans Sandhills State Park

Surfs up! Come surf the Monahans Sandhills located 30 minutes outside of Odessa. This is the perfect park for the entire family. Rent dune buggies and sleds to play around in the sand.

 

Japanese Tea GardenPhoto Credit: Afar

Japanese Tea Garden

Spend a day in paradise at the Japanese Tea Garden located in San Antonio, Texas. This oasis is filled with winding paths and bridges that have been well kept and are filled with lush tropical landscapes and serene fish to feed.

 

Jacob’s WellPhoto Credit: Jasmine Alley

Jacob’s Well

Take a leap of faith and visit Jacob’s Well. Considered to be one of the longest underwater caves. The well originally served as a water supply to one of the first sawmills and since then has become a favorite spot for those who are brave enough to jump in. Enjoy on a hot summer's day as the water is naturally cold.

 

Caddo Lake State ParkPhoto Credit: Kenny Braun Photography

Caddo Lake State Park

Ditch the hiking shoes and grab your canoe instead. Located at the edge of Texas and Louisiana, this swamp will give you that bayou-feel and will make you forget you are still in Texas. If you’re lucky you might even spot a gator!

 

Hamilton Pool
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Hamilton Pool

When visiting Austin, don’t forget to stop by Hamilton Pool. This preserve was created from the collapse of an underground river, and is home to a gorgeous natural pool with breathtaking views - a favorite for many fellow Texans.

 

                                       Klyde Warren Park                                           Photo Credit: Getty Images

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park may not be the typical park you think of when thinking of local or state parks, but this park has become the heart of Dallas. The park offers many activities to participate in ranging from yoga in the park, to live music or movies on the lawn, to trying out some delicious food trucks. Next time you are looking for an alternative to your usual outside activities, head over to Klyde Warren Park. 

 

Dinosaur Valley State ParkPhoto Credit: Getty Images

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Bring out your inner child by spending the day hunting for dinosaur tracks. Pick from four different trails to explore looking for dinosaur tracks and digging for a dino bone.

 

What will you do to provoke pursuit?